C10 - Creating an Evidence-based Framework for Health in Buildings

Thursday, November 9 from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM | 204AB

Abstract Text:

When we go home, do we leave the work world behind us? Two GSA research projects show that people’s experience of the physical work environment can influence not only stress at work, but also stress after work, and sleep quality at night. This session will focus on findings from the two projects, with an emphasis on how the results can be translated into new practices to improve health and wellbeing, using live audience participation to develop and refine the concepts. Both projects deploy stationary ambient monitors as well as wearable devices to assess environmental experience and health outcomes in real-time. The study conducted by the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (LRC/RPI), focuses on circadian stimulation and the impacts on activity, sleep quality, mood, and alertness. The study headed up by the University of Arizona Institute on Place and Wellbeing investigates links between the physical environment at work (including ambient and spatial conditions) and variation in stress responses, activity levels, and sleep quality.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion, participants will be able to explain how researchers validate links between a building’s spatial and ambient conditions and health outcomes.

Upon completion, participants will learn how the workplace environment can affect their health and well being at home.

Upon completion, participants will be able to more critically evaluate claims about the links between the physical environment and health outcomes.

Upon completion, participants will learn how to translate research findings into design and operational practices that promote health at work.

Learning Level:

Level 300 – Application/Implementation


Credits:

GBCI Credit Hours:
2
AIA Credit Hours:
2 LU|HSW


Education Tracks: Human Health

Event Type: Education Sessions > Session


 
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